Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott issued a statement today, Monday, July 21 supporting current Governor Rick Perry's decision to dispatch the National Guard to the Texas-Mexico border, according to the Texas Attorney General's Office. Abbott said as follows: "I applaud Governor Perry for providing the decisive leadership needed to address this crisis. Make no mistake: This is more than a border crisis-this is a national crisis affecting communities and taxpayers across the country. This crisis is a public safety priority, and deploying the National Guard to the border is crucial to address the organized criminal activity by cartels and international gangs. Texas will put boots on the ground to secure the border, but we will expect the federal government to foot the bill."
Abbott's statement came in the wake of Perry's announcement he will deploy up to 1,000 National Guardsmen to the Texas border with Mexico.
Abbott, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, said further that his office will provide "legal counsel and continued efforts as long as it takes to fulfill our duty to our citizens to protect the border."
Several weeks ago Abbott requested additional resources to combat the "source of unauthorized immigration." The Republican nominee for governor further said he has been following the escalating situation ever since.
Abbott has made several personal appearances in response to the border crisis. In June he visited the Texas Department of Public Safety's Command Post in Weslaco. He has also met with Department of Public Safety Senior Command officers to discuss DPS border surge operations. Maintaining a busy schedule he also toured the Lackland Air Force Base facility that is housing hundreds of immigrant minors in response to the humanitarian tragedy that increases daily.
He also toured a facility in person in Hidalgo County to better help him evaluate the enormity of the international crisis. Based on his personal analysis, Abbott decided to ask all "relevant state agencies" to provide information on any past and future costs related to unauthorized immigration.
The information gathered by Abbott will help him as he considers potential legal avenues against the federal government to "recoup all related costed incurred by the State of Texas." The Attorney General's Office continues to provide legal advice, counsel and support to the Governor's Office regarding the National Guard deployment.
Abbott has been active in formulating a response to the flow of illegal immigrants across the Texas border. On June 12, 2014, he requested immediate border security resources. On June 18, 2014, he supported immediate deployment of state resources to target the influx of illegal border crossings. On June 23 he and Senator Ted Cruz toured a Texas facility serving as shelter for immigrant minors detained at the border to help assess the impact on the Lone Star State. On June 27, Abbot participated in a border surge briefing and visited the Border Protection Station in the Rio Grande Valley.
As the top law enforcement official in Texas he has been more involved in solving the problems engendered by the border crisis than any other U.S. official.
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